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Jack S Crandell

Military

Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission Luxembourg
hit whilst strafing the 3rd train of the day, crashed near Kanach in P-51B 'Bottoms Up' 42-106917 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 8539.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 361st Fighter Group

    361st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 361st Fighter Group was the last P-47 Thunderbolt Group to join the Eighth Air Force. Between 21 January 1944 and 20 April 1945, the Group flew 441 missions, the majority in an escort role in support of bombers flying over occupied Europe. The...

  • 375th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-106917

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-75560 'Baby Margene'

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-8446

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 352FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 512FS, 406FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-106948

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 2-Oct-44 Lt Joseph B Wolfe bailed out safely.

Associated Place

  • Bottisham

    Military site : airfield
    The P-47 Thunderbolts of the 361st Fighter Group damaged the surfaces of the airfield so much in the first months of flying from Bottisham that American engineers were called in to lay a new runway. In January 1944 they constructed a 1,470-yard-long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cortland, New York, USA 25 July 1920

Son of Helen M [Hesson] Crandell.

Lived in Westminster, MD, USA 1941
Based Bottisham April 1944 – 26 August 1944

Assigned to 375FS, 361FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Bottisham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK 24 April 1944

P-47, 42-8446 Take-off accident, Bottisham, 24 Apr 1944.

Crashed Bottisham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK 2 May 1944

2nd May 1944. While landing at Bottisham after a mission, undershot the runway in P-47 "Baby Margene", 42-75560, E2-G and crashed through the perimeter hedge beside the Bottisham - Little Wilbraham road.

Died 10 miles NE Luxembourg 26 August 1944

Lost 26 Aug 44 - KIA, crashed near Kanach, Germany, MACR 8539 in North American Mustang P-51B, 42-106917, E2-K.

Buried Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Interred
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 August 2018 15:48:46 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
https://www.fold3.com/record/529936388-jack-s-crandell
https://www.fold3.com/image/28673539
https://www.fold3.com/image/540805724?terms=Jack%20S%20Crandell
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763360?terms=Jack%20S%20Crandell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56060868/jack-s-crandell

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 18:37:27 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://361fg.com

Date Contributor Update
05 February 2015 18:28:33 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events
Sources

http://361fg.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8539 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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